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Edge-to-Edge Printing vs. Over-the-Edge Printing

Edge-to-Edge Printing vs. Over-the-Edge Printing

What is edge-to-edge printing? 

  • Edge-to-edge printing is a common print style with direct-to-card ID card printers.
  • It leaves a slim border around the surface of your printed ID card. 
  • The border isn't printed; rather it's a small area of the card to which no print was applied. 
  • It is generally more affordable. 
  • Cards with a white border tend to look a little less professional than their border-free counterparts. 

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What is over-the-edge printing? 

  • This print method is available on reverse-transfer printers, also known as retransfer printers. 
  • It leaves no visible border around the edges of your printed ID card. 
  • The film fuses to the entire surface of the card, leaving no border.
  • It is a more expensive option, but it produces a higher-quality, more professional ID card. 

Now that you know the difference between edge-to-edge printing and over-the-edge printing, it's time to get yourself a new machine! 

Checklist - for your ID Card Printer

Checklist - for your ID Card Printer

You already have your ID card printer. What other items should you consider to complete your ID card system? 

Here’s a list to use as a guide! 

  • Card Printer Training - learn from our ID expert, a peace of mind knowing you have been trained by a professional and had all your questions answered 
  • Ribbons, Cleaning Kits & Supplies – ensure high printing quality with genuine supplies 
  • Plastic Cards – stock up on cards so that you won’t run out 
  • ID Software – allows you to easily design ID cards, manage and store cardholder information, communicate with databases, and add functionality.  
  • Camera – professional-looking photos for your IDs 
  • Signature Pad capture your user’s signature quick and easy 
  • Lanyard & Lace - to ensure that your ID is visible at all times 
  • Card Holders – keep your ID protected and increases the lifespan of your cards 
  • Slot Punch – punch a hole or slot in your ID card – it can hang from a strap clip, lanyard, lace or reel. 

We’ll help you figure out which card printer supplies you need to keep your ID card program running efficiently and effectively! 

Quick Facts About Direct-to-Card Printer

Quick Facts About Direct-to-Card Printer

Direct-to-Card Printers 

Also, a “dye sublimation printers”, these are most common and use ink ribbons & cards to print. The print head inside direct-to-card printers prints directly onto the cards themselves. 

  • Faster Print Speeds 
  • Lower cost per card (Consumables are less expensive) 
  • Card designs will typically have a small white border around the edge of the card because the print head cannot go over the edge of the cards 
  • Designed for printing on regular PVC cards, or adhesive back cards 

The common questions asked when a company is looking to implement a new ID system is, “What ID card printer is best for our company? 

Since there are many different selections for ID card printers, the response to this inquiry depends on each company needs for their cards. That’s why it is always a best idea to speak with ID experts to help guarantee that you choose the machine that ultimately fits your card printing requirements. 

Magicard card (direct-to-card) printers: 

 

Magicard Pronto 

FEATURES 

SPECIFICATIONS 

  • Compact and portable ID card printer 
  • Anybody can print ID card with a Magicard Pronto 
  • Versatile – print color or rewrite cards 
  • With HoloKote visual security 
  • Single-sided printing 
  • Print technology: 

300dpi colour dye sublimation, monochrome, thermal rewritable 

  • Feed System: 

Manual 

  • Visual Security: 

4 Standard HoloKote designs/HoloPatch for a highly-visible gold seal on the card 

  • Print Speed: 

35s Color / 7s Monochrome 

 

Magicard Enduro3E 

FEATURES 

SPECIFICATIONS 

  • Robust and reliable mid-volume card printing 
  • Versatile and flexible card printing 
  • ID card issuance you can trust 
  • With HoloKote visual security
  • Single-sided printing Double-sided printing 
  • Print technology: 

300dpi colour dye sublimation, monochrome, thermal rewritable 

  • Feed System: 

Manual and hopper fed 

  • Visual Security: 

4 Standard HoloKote designs / HoloPatch for a highly-visible gold seal on the card 

  • Print Speed: 

100 cards per hour Color / 500 cards per hour Monochrome 

 

Magicard Rio Pro 360 

FEATURES 

SPECIFICATIONS 

  • Optimized - Advanced electronics and software platform provides enhanced performance 
  • Secure - can print an anti-fraud customized watermark on every card 
  • With HoloKote visual security 
  • Single-sided printing Double-sided printing 
    • Print technology: 

    300dpi colour dye sublimation, monochrome, thermal rewritable 

    • Feed System: 

    Manual and hopper fed 

    • Visual Security: 

    10 Customized Holokote designs / 10 Standard HoloKote designs / HoloPatch for a highly-visible gold seal on the card 

    • Print Speed: 

    200 cards per hour Color / 750 cards per hour Monochrome